DETROIT, MICH. – An 11-play, 78-yard drive to open the third quarter brought the Lake Erie College football team within seven points of sixth-ranked Wayne State University, but the host Warriors connected on a pair of big pass plays to pull away for a 45-24 win on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 8) at Adams Field in Detroit.
The Storm (1-5, 0-5 GLIAC) fell behind 24-7 after the first quarter, but closed the gap with two second quarter scores – a 21-yard pass from senior Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) to freshman wing back Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) and a 19-yard field goal by junior kicker Sam Marcotte (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon)- and a 10-yard Bedeveslky run early in the third that made the score 31-24 less than five minutes into the second half.
But on Wayne State's (6-0, 5-0 GLIAC) ensuing drive, Mickey Mohner hit Dominique Maybanks on a third-down slant play for a 39-yard catch and run to extend the margin to two scores. Then, after a 46-yard field goal attempt by Marcotte just missed to the left, the duo of Mohner and Maybanks connected again, this time on an 80-yard bomb down the sideline, to pull away.
Mohner had a big day passing the ball , going 18-of-24 for 439 yards and five touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns were caught by Troy Burrell, who had scoring grabs of 73, 37 and 23 yards in the first half as part of his seven-reception, 198 yard day.
After Josh Renel scores from five yards out on the opening possession, Lake Erie answered with a two-yard toss from Bedevelsky to redshirt sophomore tight end Cole Gordon (Naples, Fla./Naples/Georgia Southern) on its opening possession to tie the game.
The Warriors sandwiched Burrell touchdown catches around a 19-yard field goal from Stefan Terleckyj to go up 17 before the Storm scored 10 straight second quarter points.
Bedevelsky completed 17-of-31 passes for 169 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also ran for a score to become the first player at Lake Erie to reach the 20-rushing touchdown mark. He finished with 45 yards on the ground on 10 carries.
Freshman Rodney Smith (Bartow, Fla./Bartow), filling in for injured starter Kameron Alexander (Akron, Ohio/Buchtel) ran for a career-high 87 yards on 17 attempts and Lindgren chipped in with 48 yards on four carries. As a team, the Storm outrushed Wayne State 224-199. Coming into the contest, Wayne State had been allowing just over 80 yards on the ground a game.
Renel had 128 yards on 21 carries and Toney Davis added 74 yards on 13 attempts, but it was through the air that the Warriors did their most damage. In addition to Burrell, Maybanks finished with 132 yards on four catches. Wayne State outgained Lake Erie overall 638-393.
The Storm returns home next Saturday night, Oct. 8, to host Grand Valley State University at 7 p.m. at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium as part of Lake Erie's "Taking Breast Cancer by Storm" week.